Ford Motor Co. is issuing two separate safety recalls in North America – one covering both 2014 model-year Ford Escapes and 2015 Lincoln MKC SUVs, and another covering just 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles.
The first recall includes 12,205 Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles. The nickel plating on the fuel pump might cause the pump to seize, Ford said. If this occurs, the vehicle may not start or may stall while in operation. This poses a safety threat.
Ford said, however, it’s not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.
This recall affects certain 2014 Ford Escapes built from April 15 to May 8 in 2014, along with certain 2015 Lincoln MKC SUVs built from April 21 to May 15 in 2014. They were all manufactured at Louisville Assembly Plant. The recall includes 9,038 vehicles in the U.S. and federalized territories, 3,074 in Canada, and 93 in Mexico.
To resolve the problem, Ford dealers will replace the fuel delivery module at no cost to the vehicle owner.
The second recall includes 13,574 Lincoln MKC SUVs. In these vehicles, the push-button keyless ignition switch is so close to other controls that drivers are more likely to inadvertently shut off the engine while the vehicle is in operation.
If the push-to-start button is accidentally actuated while driving, the restraint system may not perform as intended in a crash, Ford said. The automaker, however, said it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the condition.
This recall affects certain 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles built from Aug. 20, 2013 to Sept. 9, 2014 at Louisville Assembly Plant. Approximately 11,144 of these vehicles are in the U.S. and federalized territories, 2,033 are in Canada, and 397 are in Mexico.
The remedy will involve dealers replacing the gearshift module with one that has the push-to-start button in a different location. Dealers will also reprogram the powertrain module. There will be no charge for these services.